U.S. sets final duties on Chinese solar panels

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The United States has setfinal anti-dumping duties ranging from 18.32 percent to 249.96percent on billions of dollars of solar panels and cells fromChina, an attorney involved in the case said on Wednesday.

The Commerce Department also set final countervailing dutiesof 14.78 to 15.97 percent to offset Chinese governmentsubsidies, the attorney said.

Suntech Power Holdings was hit with an anti-dumpingduty of 31.73 percent and a countervailing duty of 14.78percent. Trina Solar received an 18.32 percentanti-dumping duty and a 15.97 percent countervailing duty.

The Commerce Department set an anti-dumping duty rate of249.96 percent and a countervailing duty rate of 15.24 percentfor all other Chinese producers and exporters.

(Reporting By Doug Palmer; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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